Thanks for signing up!

Check your inbox each week for our inspirational newsletter and special offers.

Sign up to great deals. Easy peasy.
Please enter a valid email address

Call us today until 5.30pm

020 3944 2201
Africa Botswana Namibia Zambia
Asia Singapore Hong Kong
Australasia
Guatemala
Dubai and Middle East Bahrain Jordan Oman
Indian Ocean Maldives
North America
Australia
New Zealand
USA
Canada Alaska
California and the West New Mexico Oregon
Deep South
Florida
Atlantic Canada Newfoundland and Labrador
Canadian Rockies and the West

Tanzania

Ngorongoro Crater

JUMP INTO THE NGORONGORO CRATER

If you’re planning a safari trip to Tanzania, the Ngorongoro Crater definitely deserves a space on your itinerary. This UNESCO-listed area is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera, with the crater covering an incredible 100 square miles. Over 600 metres deep, the nutrient-rich floor of the crater is ideal for grazing herds, making this one of the best places in Africa to see wildlife. On a holiday to the Ngorongoro Crater, you can expect to spot gentle elephants, wandering wildebeest, stealthy lions and so much more.

Whether you visit independently or as part of a Tanzania tour, the wider Ngorongoro Conservation Area offers all sorts of unforgettable experiences. Inside the crater itself, you can go on guided game drives in search of the ‘Big Five’ and other animals, such as cheetahs, gazelles and zebra. Twitchers will love the birdlife, too. You’ll have the chance to see more than 400 species of bird during your trip to the Ngorongoro Crater, ranging from bee-eaters and woodpeckers, to flamingos and pelicans.

 

In the surrounding highlands, meanwhile, there are a number of hikes with stunning views of the Tanzanian landscape. You can trek through the dramatic Olduvai Gorge, or spend a day watching wildlife at nearby Lake Ndutu. Or you could discover two smaller craters, Empakai and Olmoti, with knowledgeable Massai guides.


If you want to tick off more of Tanzania, why not extend your getaway? You could spend a few days wildlife-watching in Serengeti National Park, or enjoy a relaxing beach break on the tropical island of Zanzibar. However you want to explore, our Travel Specialists will help you plan the perfect holiday to the Ngorongoro Crater, and beyond.


Safaris

Activities

Lodges

Best time to go

Ngorongoro Crater safaris

You’re guaranteed to see abundant wildlife on holiday in the Ngorongoro Crater. The basin is home to an incredible 25,000 animals and, thanks to the crater’s relatively small size, they’re fairly easy to track down. Most guided safaris take place at dawn and dusk, as the animals tend to be more active at this time of day, when temperatures are cooler.

Show More
Show Less

On a game drive, you’ll comes across all sorts of creatures, including the ‘Big Five’ – lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rare black rhino. The fertile land has attracted lots of grazers, too, so you’re likely to see antelope, gazelle, zebra and wildebeest. Around water holes, you’ll also be able to spot hippos and warthogs. And keep your eyes peeled for predators, such as cheetahs, hyenas and jackals.  

Show More
Show Less

Activities & experiences

The main draw of an Ngorongoro Crater holiday is undoubtedly the wildlife safaris – but you’ll soon discover there’s plenty more besides. The broader Ngorongoro Conservation Area serves up a variety of adventures across its rolling savannahs and lush highlands.

Show More
Show Less

If you’re a keen hiker, be sure to pack your walking boots. There are a number of routes in the area, ranging from easy one-day hikes to five-day treks. For a scenic daytrip, we’d recommend hiking along the Crater Rim. Or you could walk through Olduvai Gorge. This culturally-significant site holds the earliest evidence of human existence, with fossilised bones and tools dating back millions of years.
Alternatively, spend a day at Lake Ndutu. This shallow lake is a popular drinking spot for an array of animals – including giraffes, which can’t be found inside the Ngorongoro Crater. And, in January and February, you’ll be able to see dozens of baby gazelle, wildebeest and zebra.

Show More
Show Less

Ngorongoro Crater lodges

There are some truly spectacular places to stay in the Ngorongoro Crater. Boasting jaw-dropping vistas, the African-style huts at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge are built on the highest point of the crater’s rim. So, whether you’re cooling off in the outdoor pool, dining on the terrace, or relaxing by the campfire, you’ll always have fantastic views.
Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge, meanwhile, is a great choice for foodies. This lovely lodge offers a range of unique dining experiences. You can enjoy a delicious breakfast during your game drive, and tuck into a cooked lunch in one of the crater’s acacia groves. And don’t forget the evening sundowners and snacks, served right on the edge of the crater.

Show More
Show Less

If you’re eager to explore further, consider staying at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge. This place offers lots of excursions and activities. You can embark on guided bush walks and visit a traditional Maasai village. Spend a day hiking in Olduvai Gorge, see Lake Ndutu, and admire the impressive Empakaai Crater.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

June to September is the most popular time for Ngorongoro Crater holidays, as it’s the dry season. Daytime temperatures tend to hover around 20°C – and this dry, sunny weather means the greenery is thinner, making the animals easier to spot. They often congregate around water holes, too, so you’ll easily be able to observe antelopes, elephants and zebra having a much-needed drink. June to September is also a fantastic time to visit other parts of Tanzania, such as the Serengeti and Zanzibar.

Show More
Show Less

November is incredibly wet – but, just afterwards, calving season occurs between December and February. Naturally, this is the best time to see newborn animals, and the landscape will be lush and vibrant, thanks to the heavy November rains.

Prefer to explore without the crowds? April and May are still within rainy season – but the wildlife is abundant and the crater is wonderfully quiet. So, if you don’t mind packing a waterproof, this could be a great time for your trip.

Show More
Show Less

Safaris

Ngorongoro Crater safaris

You’re guaranteed to see abundant wildlife on holiday in the Ngorongoro Crater. The basin is home to an incredible 25,000 animals and, thanks to the crater’s relatively small size, they’re fairly easy to track down. Most guided safaris take place at dawn and dusk, as the animals tend to be more active at this time of day, when temperatures are cooler.

Show More
Show Less

On a game drive, you’ll comes across all sorts of creatures, including the ‘Big Five’ – lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rare black rhino. The fertile land has attracted lots of grazers, too, so you’re likely to see antelope, gazelle, zebra and wildebeest. Around water holes, you’ll also be able to spot hippos and warthogs. And keep your eyes peeled for predators, such as cheetahs, hyenas and jackals.  

Show More
Show Less

Activities

Activities & experiences

The main draw of an Ngorongoro Crater holiday is undoubtedly the wildlife safaris – but you’ll soon discover there’s plenty more besides. The broader Ngorongoro Conservation Area serves up a variety of adventures across its rolling savannahs and lush highlands.

Show More
Show Less

If you’re a keen hiker, be sure to pack your walking boots. There are a number of routes in the area, ranging from easy one-day hikes to five-day treks. For a scenic daytrip, we’d recommend hiking along the Crater Rim. Or you could walk through Olduvai Gorge. This culturally-significant site holds the earliest evidence of human existence, with fossilised bones and tools dating back millions of years.
Alternatively, spend a day at Lake Ndutu. This shallow lake is a popular drinking spot for an array of animals – including giraffes, which can’t be found inside the Ngorongoro Crater. And, in January and February, you’ll be able to see dozens of baby gazelle, wildebeest and zebra.

Show More
Show Less

Lodges

Ngorongoro Crater lodges

There are some truly spectacular places to stay in the Ngorongoro Crater. Boasting jaw-dropping vistas, the African-style huts at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge are built on the highest point of the crater’s rim. So, whether you’re cooling off in the outdoor pool, dining on the terrace, or relaxing by the campfire, you’ll always have fantastic views.
Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge, meanwhile, is a great choice for foodies. This lovely lodge offers a range of unique dining experiences. You can enjoy a delicious breakfast during your game drive, and tuck into a cooked lunch in one of the crater’s acacia groves. And don’t forget the evening sundowners and snacks, served right on the edge of the crater.

Show More
Show Less

If you’re eager to explore further, consider staying at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge. This place offers lots of excursions and activities. You can embark on guided bush walks and visit a traditional Maasai village. Spend a day hiking in Olduvai Gorge, see Lake Ndutu, and admire the impressive Empakaai Crater.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to go

June to September is the most popular time for Ngorongoro Crater holidays, as it’s the dry season. Daytime temperatures tend to hover around 20°C – and this dry, sunny weather means the greenery is thinner, making the animals easier to spot. They often congregate around water holes, too, so you’ll easily be able to observe antelopes, elephants and zebra having a much-needed drink. June to September is also a fantastic time to visit other parts of Tanzania, such as the Serengeti and Zanzibar.

Show More
Show Less

November is incredibly wet – but, just afterwards, calving season occurs between December and February. Naturally, this is the best time to see newborn animals, and the landscape will be lush and vibrant, thanks to the heavy November rains.

Prefer to explore without the crowds? April and May are still within rainy season – but the wildlife is abundant and the crater is wonderfully quiet. So, if you don’t mind packing a waterproof, this could be a great time for your trip.

Show More
Show Less

Itinerary

Hotel

How to do the Ngorongoro Crater

Take a look at our handpicked safari lodges

You might also like…

Undecided? Take a look at these great alternatives

Chat With Our Tanzania Experts

With 40 years in travel and hundreds of experts ready to help you realise your dream holiday.

Follow us on
Bta20 Middle East Hol Lrg Win
Bta20 Se Asia Hol Open Win
Bta20 Oz Hol Open Win
Bta20 Ind Ocean Hol Open Win
Bta20 Luxury Hol Open Sil
Bta20 Canada Hol Lrg Brz
Bta20 Family Hol Lrg Brz

Cookies: We use cookies to improve your experience on this website. By continuing to browse our website, you are agreeing to use our site cookies.

See our cookie policy for more information on cookies and how to manage them.

I Accept

Call our experts 020 3944 2201
Email
Request a quote
Store 24Px
Find a shop